Putin, Erdogan to discuss Libya as part of summit on Wednesday

Alwasat - Cairo Mon 27 Sep 2021, 03:29 PM
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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that the Libyan file will be on the agenda of the summit talks that will bring together Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday.

"I believe that Syria will top the agenda, as will Afghanistan, and they will exchange views on Libya and other global issues," the Russian official told reporters on Monday, according to Russia's TASS news agency.

These talks come at a time when the removal of mercenaries and foreign forces from Libya has stumbled against the backdrop of Moscow’s requirement that it be simultaneous and Ankara invoking agreements (with the former Government of National Accord) that allow it to maintain its presence in Tripoli.

While in New York, Libyan Presidential Council leader Mohamed Menfi, discussed with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Turkish President Erdogan issues of national reconciliation and the progress of the political settlement in Libya on the sidelines of the United Nations meetings.

In a statement regarding the meeting between Menfi and Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that the latter praised the progress made in the Libyan settlement during the past year, and praised the performance of the executive authority.

Menfi also discussed with Erdogan, ways to achieve the elections on time, work to activate national reconciliation and the importance of implementing all the outcomes of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum.

Earlier, Presidential Council spokeswoman Najwa Wheba confirmed that there are "many proposals" about withdrawing mercenaries and foreign fighters from the country, but no agrrement has been reached "because this matter requires international cooperation and supervision."

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